August 3, 2006 by  
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It’s Winter Camp weekend. So we’re off till Sunday.

Winter Camp?


That’s the one.

Main Roads

August 2, 2006 by  
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We have very dirty windows. It’s because we live not more than 10 metres from a major road.

As you can see, I could pretty much spit on the road from our back mini-balcony.

That we have dirty windows then is is no great revelation. What I was given cause to wonder quite a while ago was, if the windows get this dirty this quickly, what does that say about the air we’re breathing every day?

What I was looking for was studies about the health risks associated with living by main roads.

A simple Google search using study living near main roads brought up some stuff. I didn’t bother following a single link to read any of the studies, but on first result contents I say, “We’re going to have strokes!”

I don’t know how those millions of people who live along main roads have lasted as long as they have!


August 1, 2006 by  
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I just added Australian Political Blogs to the sidebar. I had meant to do this a long time ago – about the same time I planned to start reading some Australian political blogs to keep up with the gossip. I did neither.

Their addition here is not likely to lead me to more reading of their content, but it’s one of the two things ticked off the list.

I unashamedly lifted these links from John Quiggin. I’ve read some of them before, but others I’m just taking it for given that they may be somewhat useful. On first glance they’re mostly left-wing, which means I’ll need to add some balance at some point. Enjoy.

Going the distance

August 1, 2006 by  
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It seems Serbia is prepared to forgo EU membership to keep control over Kosovo.

Serbian PM, Vojislav Kostunica has a good argument, that Kosovo is legally part of Serbia and EU conditions have never included territorial concessions. But if he’s prepared to shun EU membership over it, there’s not much else anyone can do to persuade them to change course.

Martti Ahtisaari, UN special envoy for Kosovo, says in the article that “Serbia was willing to give everything but independence, while the majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo wanted nothing but independence”.

Where do you go from there?

UN in Lebanon

August 1, 2006 by  
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An interesting article was quoted by AIJAC last Friday from the Ottawa Citizen.

You probably saw in the news that Israel bombed a UN post in Lebanon, killing four UN peacekeeprers.

Based on an email from a Canadian UN peacekeeper who was killed in the bombing, the article says Hezbollah was using the UN post as a ‘shield’.

Part of the email read:

“What I can tell you is this. We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.

The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity.

[From the post can be seen the] “Hezbollah static positions in and around our patrol base.”

It appears that the lion’s share of fighting between the IDF and Hezbollah has taken place in our area.”

The article points to the obvious conclusion, that Hezbollah were active in the area. This contradicts the official UN position of denying Hezbollah activity near the post.

You would think Israel would use that in their defence, but they seem pretty resolute in their decision to not give a toss what anyone thinks about what they’re doing.

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